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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, April 6, 2017 Commonwealth's Attorneys seek changes Virginia Sentencing guidelines to Russell County Kids Fishing Day May 20 track drug offense data i 'Brian Patton, COmmonwealth's Attorney for Russell County, and Ghuck Slemp, C6mmonwealth's Attomey for Wise County & the City of," Norton, appeared in front of the Virginia S~ntencing Commission in Richmond to seek changes to Virginia's Sentencing Guidelines. The proposed changes would add specific drug tracking information when a defendant is sen- tenced for a drug crime. ,. In January, 2017, during the General Assembly Session, Southwest Virginia legislative leaders l~Ut forth numerous legisla- tive proposals seeking to address the public health and public safety crisis directly tied to drug abuse and over-prescription. This effort, sponsored by Delegate Todd Pillion, sought creative ways to address the crisis. One solution proposed was to use data from the Virginia Sentencing Commission to give courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement infor- mation on the types of drugs involved in felony sefitencing events. The Virginia Sentencing Commission collects data fi;om across the Commonwealth after a defendant is sentenced for a, felony offense. This information is included on a sentencing guidelines worksheet to provide judges with a range of rec- ommended sentencing options. Guidelines work- sheets are prepared in each case at the time a defendant is sentenced. Currently for drug offenses, data is col- lected which lists the schedule of drugs associat- ed with a crime (Schedule I, II, III, etc). The change adopted by the Commission today would add a tracking section on the worksheets to detail the type of drug (cocaine, heroine, hydrocodone, etc.). "This is a simple change that will have no additional burden on our courts, but it will give us a major advan- tage in knowing where to send our resources to com- bat the substance abuse cri- sis in Virginia," said Chuck Slemp. "We are excited that the Commission adopted the changes today and look forward to being able to evaluate the data to make our communities safer across the Commonwealth." Brian Patton said, "Our region has been plagued by the drug epidemic for too long and working together we can find innovative ways to fight this crisis. Patton further stated, "I want to commend the Sentencing Commission and Delegate Pillion for working with us on this and future efforts." "There is no doubt that drug related offenses Kindergarten registration April 11 St. Paul Elementary Kindergarten registra- tion for the 2017-2018 school year will be held at St. Paul Elementary School 0n Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p~.m. Children applying for Kindergarten must be five years old on or befor.e September 30, 2017. /Parents/Guardians need tO" bring the following items to Kindergarten reg- is~ation: *Certified copy of the child's birth certificate (your child can be pre-registered without a certified copy of his or her birth certificate) *Immunization record Parents are encouraged to complete the registration form and begin the regis- tration process even though they may not have all the above required forms and documentation. The child must have a physical examination with- in one year before entering school. Immunizations against mumps, measles, German measles, whoop- ing cough, tetanus, diph- theria, polio, Hepatitis B, and chicken pox are required. Each school will have available the "School Entrance Health Form account for an overwhelm- ing portion of the cases in our courts," said Delegate Todd Pillion. "Enabling the state and our localities to specifically track which drugs are associated with any offense will be critical to identifying emerging trends and allow resources to be allocated accordingly. I applaud the Sentencing Commission in sharing our commitment to combat the opioid epidemic in Virginia through . adopting this change to their guidelines." For more information on the Virginia Sentencing Commission, visit their w e b s i t e : http://www.vcsc.virginia.g ov/index_no.html. MCH 213 G" for parents to take to their child's doc- tor/pediatrician for com- pletion. Parents/Guardians desiring additional infor- mation about Kindergarten registration may contact the school in their area, or call Marcia Shortt, Director of Elementary Education, at the Wise County School Board Office at 276-328- 8017. The 22nd Annual Russell County Kids Fishing Day will be held on Saturday May 20th, at the Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve/Big Cedar Creek. Fishing for the children will begin at 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ages are 15 years old and younger. Lunch will be served for free at 11:45 a.m. to those attend- ing the event. Fishing poles and supplies will be hand- ed out while supplies last, first come first serve bases. Prizes will be drawn for after lunch; the children will need to sign in at the registration table upon arrival in order to be eligi- ble for the prizes. (Must be present to win). Adults will not be allowed to fish until after 2:00 p.m. For any addition- al information contact Linda Couch at (276) 254- 1669 or Judy Farmer at (276) 220-6319 or Donna Sue Musick (276) 889- 5384 The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, The Cleveland Virginia Rural Development, Inc. local businesses and individuals will be sponsoring this spe- cial event. Everyone wel- come. Copper Creek Elementary School news by Addrienne Robinson The last few weeks have been busy ones at CCES. Students enjoyed the Blue Ribbon Book Fair last week. Spring Open House and Family Night for the Book Fair was March 20 from 3:30-5:30 PM with several families attending. Students at Copper Creek have teamed up with Rite Aid in the Give a Miracle Campaign with Rite Aid to collect dona- tions for the Children's Miracle Network. Students have been work- ing only a week and have done a fabulous job. Our hallways are filled with CMN hot air balloons. Two of Copper Creek Elementary students were honored in a Russell County Art Show exhibit at Lebanon High School. Winners from CCES were Pre-K student Raylan Parks and Kindergarten student Josie Stutzman. Both had their artwork dis- played in a special event last week. We are very proud of both these stu- dents and they both received medals. The end of the fourth six weeks has come and gone and all students are working hard to complete end of the year projects On April 5, parents are invited to the school 'for a Literacy Day. Teachers will lead parents and stu- dents in read alouds and a take home activity. Each student will also receive a book. Upcoming events include our Spring Sing days. Pre-K will have their program on April 10th at 1:00 PM and Kindergarten on April llth at 1:00 PM. All families are invited! Copper Creek Elementary is also working to promote recycling. We are asking students to bring in clean aluminum cans, newspapers and plastics. We are also asking that the tabs be pulled off of cans and sent in separately so they can be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and to the Shriner's Hospital. This will contin- ue the month of April in honor of Earth Day. Our students at CCES continue to amaze all with their spir- it of giving! Subscribe to the Times! 276-762-7671 cvtimes@ g b 7 1998 Chevy Blazer #18651A1,, LS 4x4 2004 Ranger Edge #6596 2009 Ford Escape.. #6440,4 Limited, FWO iiNiiiii ............ ..... 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